1. the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening

    Synonyms : planning, provision
    Type Of : cerebration, intellection, mentation, thought, thinking, thought process
  2. the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat

    Synonyms : cookery, cooking
    Type Of : change of state
    Examples :
    • he left the preparation of meals to his wife
  3. a substance prepared according to a formula

    Synonyms : formulation
    Type Of : compound, chemical compound
    Examples :
    • the physician prescribed a commercial preparation of the medicine
  4. activity leading to skilled behavior

    Synonyms : grooming, training
    Type Of : activity
  5. the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose

    Synonyms : readying
    Type Of : activity
    Examples :
    • preparations for the ceremony had begun
  6. the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action)

    Synonyms : preparedness, readiness
    Type Of : state
    Examples :
    • their preparation was more than adequate
  7. preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home)

    Synonyms : homework, prep
    Type Of : school assignment, schoolwork
  8. (music) a note that produces a dissonant chord is first heard in a consonant chord

    Antonyms : resolution
    Type Of : musical harmony, harmony
    Examples :
    • the resolution of one dissonance is often the preparation for another dissonance


  1. make steady progress; be at the high point in one's career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance

    Synonyms : flourish, fly high, thrive
    Type Of : change state, turn


  1. involving advantage or good

    Synonyms : positive
    Examples :
    • a plus (or positive) factor
  2. a useful or valuable quality

    Synonyms : asset
    Type Of : quality
  3. the arithmetic operation of summing; calculating the sum of two or more numbers

    Synonyms : addition, summation
    Type Of : arithmetic operation
    Examples :
    • four plus three equals seven
  4. on the positive side or higher end of a scale

    Antonyms : minus
    Examples :
    • a plus value
    • temperature of plus 5 degrees
    • a grade of C plus


  1. a triangular gable between a horizontal entablature and a sloping roof

    Type Of : gable, gable end, gable wall


  1. an incidental benefit awarded for certain types of employment (especially if it is regarded as a right)

    Synonyms : fringe benefit, perquisite
    Type Of : benefit
  2. gain or regain energy

    Synonyms : gain vigor, percolate, perk up, pick up
    Type Of : convalesce, recover, recuperate


  1. a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats

    Synonyms : dock, wharf, wharfage
    Type Of : platform
  2. (architecture) a vertical supporting structure (as a portion of wall between two doors or windows)

    Type Of : support
  3. a support for two adjacent bridge spans

    Type Of : support


  1. obviously contrived to charm

    Synonyms : cute
    Examples :
    • an insufferably precious performance
  2. extremely

    Synonyms : preciously
    Examples :
    • there is precious little time left
  3. characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for

    Synonyms : cherished, treasured, wanted
    Examples :
    • children are precious
  4. held in great esteem for admirable qualities especially of an intrinsic nature

    Synonyms : valued
    Examples :
    • precious memories
  5. of high worth or cost

    Examples :
    • diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are precious stones


  1. generous in assistance to the poor

    Synonyms : beneficent, benevolent, eleemosynary
    Examples :
    • philanthropic contributions
  2. of or relating to or characterized by philanthropy

    Examples :
    • a philanthropic society


  1. locate exactly

    Synonyms : nail
    Type Of : turn up, locate
    Examples :
    • can you pinpoint the position of the enemy?
  2. a very small spot

    Synonyms : speck
    Type Of : dapple, fleck, maculation, patch, speckle, spot
  3. a very brief moment

    Type Of : minute, moment, instant, second
    Examples :
    • they were strangers sharing a pinpoint of time together
  4. the sharp point of a pin

    Type Of : point


  1. a message issued in behalf of some product or cause or idea or person or institution

    Synonyms : packaging, promo, promotional material, publicity
    Type Of : message, substance, subject matter, content
  2. the advancement of some enterprise

    Synonyms : forwarding, furtherance
    Type Of : progress, advancement
  3. encouragement of the progress or growth or acceptance of something

    Synonyms : advancement, furtherance
    Type Of : encouragement
  4. act of raising in rank or position

    Antonyms : demotion
    Type Of : change